Where’s My Second Stimulus Check? 32 Answers to Your COVID-19 Money Questions

The coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread job loss and financial uncertainty — even for those who are still employed — due to market volatility and a global economy that’s been crushed by closures and lockdowns. With so much upheaval, many Americans are left struggling to figure out their best financial moves. From losing a job to retiring and life in between, here are the answers to some of the most pressing coronavirus money questions.

Last updated: Sept. 18, 2020

Will There Ever Be a Second Stimulus Bill?

Congress has thus far been unable to agree on exactly what a second round of relief funding would entail. Democrats previously proposed a $3 trillion bill and then suggested $2 trillion in relief, while Republicans proposed a $300 billion “skinny” relief bill. Some experts, including Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s senior business and economic correspondent, believe a second relief bill — and the second

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Pastor Who Told Congregation They Didn’t Have to Wear Masks Hospitalized in ICU with COVID-19

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A pastor in Idaho has been hospitalized with the novel coronavirus after telling members of his congregation that they are not required to wear face masks while attending church services.

Paul Van Noy, the senior pastor at Candlelight Christian Fellowship, was admitted to the intensive care unit after he and his wife Brenda contracted COVID-19, according to an update posted to his church’s website on Monday.

“Having been in the ICU now for 11 days…and counting, I am really starting to turn the corner—for the better,” Van Noy said in a statement shared by his wife and church staff. “They tell me it will be a few more days in ICU and then I will move back to a regular room for a couple of days and then to recover at home. At present I feel ok but still need quite a bit of oxygen support—especially

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With COVID-19 complicating enrollment counts, public schools brace for impact on funding

MILWAUKEE — For schools across Wisconsin, Friday could turn out to be the single most important day on the calendar this year.

The third Friday in September is significant every year for Wisconsin public schools and private schools that accept children on taxpayer-funded vouchers. By law, students counted as enrolled on that date dictate in large part state and local funding for the current school year — and in many cases beyond.

The date is different for schools in other states, but the consequences are largely the same, and the coronavirus pandemic is complicating this year’s counts all over as schools struggle to connect with students online, and families move their children to different schools or pull them out altogether to be home-schooled. 

“We’re anticipating the counts will be down,” said John Bales, executive director of the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators.

“Accessing kids will be problematic this fall.

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A peek at how one high school handles its COVID-19 challenges

SARASOTA, Florida — Mackenzie Altman was trying to get her Booker High School students excited about the role of government.

“What do you think is the most important thing for the government to do?” the social studies department chair asked recently, throwing out several options.

It was a standard “bell work” activity for her American government class, geared to get students interested in the day’s lesson and spark conversations. She leads this type of discussion every day, but with COVID-19 restrictions in place, nearly everything about it was different.

Everyone was wearing masks, except for a group of students in a Zoom meeting box projected on a large monitor at the front of the class. Most of these “remote learners” seemed to be sitting in their bedrooms, and many had angled their laptops so that just the tops of their foreheads were visible.

The in-person students tried to keep their

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The Education Gap Was Shrinking Before Covid-19

(Bloomberg Opinion) — As students head back to school — virtually or in-person — parents are legitimately concerned about the effects on children of distance learning. Evidence on how children fall behind over summer breaks suggests that the harm from missing in-person instruction will be larger for low-income children, exacerbating educational gaps across socioeconomic status. A bit of good news comes from an important new analysis suggesting that, prior to the pandemic and contrary to popular perception, those gaps had been narrowing in the U.S.

From kindergarten to college, schools are balancing pandemic risk against educational need with wildly varying approaches to in-person classes, virtual instruction, mask-wearing, and keeping students in bubbles. For schools with extensive online learning, the question is how much it might weaken educational performance.

The best guide is probably what happens over summers: Researchers have documented a substantial “summer slide” while students are out of school.

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Why Chrissy Metz Is ‘Excited’ About This Is Us Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic in Season 5

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When season 5 of This Is Us returns this fall, viewers will see the Pearson family navigate the realities of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Creator Dan Fogelman told fans in August that the NBC drama will “attack things head on” by addressing the global health crisis and other current events. With the season 5 production kicking off later this month, the actors have already gotten scripts for the first two episodes. Chrissy Metz tells PEOPLE that there are many storylines to look forward to, including the pandemic-themed arc.

Speaking about the “magic of This Is Us,” Metz, 39, says the cast and crew are raring to go back to work.

“We’re going to get it done, and everybody is on board and ready to go,” she says. “We have the scripts, we’re ready to go, they’re just making sure that there

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22 Awkward Social Situations You Might Experience During COVID-19 & How to Deal

After months of stay-at-home orders, many places are reopening now, and more people are venturing outside. Depending on your state, county, and city, you might be able to dine out at restaurants, order drinks at a bar, get your hair cut, and even go to a theme park in a few weeks.

This reopening and loosening of restrictions can cause a lot of conflicting feelings. You could be firmly on the excited side, happy to visit your favorite neighborhood spots and see friends again. Or you could be in the anxious camp, unsure that these reopenings are wise and still worried about health and safety conditions at those favorite neighborhood spots. Or you could waffle between the two sides, depending on the day, what news you’ve read, and your desire to both see your friends and family but also keep them safe.

It’s okay to have those feelings. We are

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Adults With COVID-19 Twice As Likely To Have Eaten At Restaurants, CDC Study Finds

Since Chinese officials implemented the first coronavirus lockdown in the city of Wuhan in January, there have been more than 29 million cases of COVID-19 across the planet.

More than 924,000 people have died from the disease, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Efforts to curb the outbreak have led to the global disruption of daily life and the economy, as schools and workplaces shuttered in hopes of slowing transmission. After months of precautions and lockdowns, governments have begun to reopen their economies.

HuffPost reporters around the world are tracking the pandemic and its effects.

Read the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic below. (To see the latest updates, you may need to refresh the page. All times are Eastern. For earlier updates on the pandemic, go here.)

No Live Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade This Year, NYC Mayor Says ― 9/14/20 11:40 a.m. ET

The iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving

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Salvation Army gets early start on holiday fundraising campaign to ‘rescue Christmas’ amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Salvation Army is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign earlier than ever in an attempt to “rescue Christmas.”

Facing an increased demand amid the coronavirus pandemic with high unemployment, the nation’s largest social services organization said it will start collecting donations in its iconic red kettles with bell-ringing volunteers Monday instead of waiting until closer to Thanksgiving as in past years.

Yet with a surge of store closings, a decline in foot traffic to retail locations, consumers carrying less cash and a nationwide coin shortage, the Salvation Army said it expects to see up to a 50% decrease in fundraising.

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“Our ability to raise vital funds to serve those in need this Christmas and beyond is at risk,” said Commissioner Kenneth Hodder, the faith-based charity’s national commander, in a news release. “We need

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OakNorth CEO Rishi Khosla on COVID-19, UK economy, and Brexit

Some sectors of the economy will never return to pre-COVID levels, the chief executive of Britain’s fastest growing bank has said.

“There’s segments where the new normal will have real scarring, and by scarring eventually they won’t return, in our view, to 2019 levels,” Rishi Khosla, the chief executive of OakNorth, told Yahoo Finance UK in an interview last week.

Khosla said High Street retail was a “perfect example” of a sector that will never return to normal.

“In our estimation, for each percentage increase in online sales, you lose about 1.5-1.7% of retail square footage physical,” he said.

“If you play that through, if you’re talking about a 10% increase in online sales in the new normal — clearly at the moment it’s higher — then you’re looking at anywhere between 15-17% reduction in retail sales square footage and I would say that would disproportionately hit High Streets.”


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